China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [15/29]

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Construction in the Guomao area of Beijing in spring 2013. (Photo: Robert James Hughes, Flickr)

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Overzealous construction in China has left the country with a large number of empty developments clinging to the outskirts of major cities — a problem that some real estate developers have sought to solve with a bizarre side industry in the rental of Westerners to glamorize the areas and attract visitors. Click here for a short video report on the rent-a-foreigner industry, and click through this slideshow to see some of those “ghost cities” and other evidence of China’s fever of destruction, construction and abandonment.

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